Vice President of Development

Full-time, Exempt

SUMMARY: The Vice President of Development is a key member of the Museum’s Senior Team responsible for leading the Development and Membership Department.  This chief development officer is responsible for the planning and implementation of ongoing fund raising strategies designed to raise contributed income for annual operations and campaign funding for the institution. The position carries the major and principle gift portfolio and is responsible for securing significant gifts primarily from individuals and foundations directly as well as  supporting the President and CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Development Committee in their fundraising efforts.  The Vice President manages a team of eight comprised of fundraisers (corporate, individual, foundation and membership) and administrative support personnel for fundraising and oversees, mentors and manages this team.  S/he is also charged with the administrative and managerial functions of the department including department and financial budgeting, reporting, and strategic fundraising planning. This position works closely with others throughout the Museum especially the Museum’s senior leadership team and program staff. Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the President and CEO.

BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):

The Vice President of Development is responsible for the following general job functions:

  • Identifies, solicits, secures and stewards individual and foundation donors on an ongoing basis

  • Oversees the overall functioning of the development department, including the preparation and management of the annual department budget

  • Responsible for successful attainment of fund raising goals for annual operations and campaign funding within assigned portfolio and for the department as a whole

  • Oversees the comprehensive grant and proposal preparation process, from working closely with program staff throughout the museum to develop cases for support, to writing and/or coordinating the writing efforts among the development team for the proposals and grants, to ensuring proper  reporting  of funded proposals to managing ongoing donor stewardship and relationships

  • Guides and works with the prospect researcher and fundraisers to identify and explore potential funding sources on the local, state and national levels which align with the Museum’s priority mission fulfillment programs.

  • In collaboration with development and event staff, oversees Museum donor and special events designed to cultivate and steward donors as well as its annual large fundraising event

  • Oversees the Museum’s Membership Program, supervising and mentoring the Membership Manager and Membership team

  • Takes responsibility for other development-related projects as assigned by the President and CEO.


  • Minimum 7 years development experience preferred, preferably as the Vice President or Director of Development for a large non-profit organization

  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing fundraising volunteers necessary including having worked directly with board members and high net worth individuals

  • Understanding of membership programs; experience running one preferred

  • Experience supervising staff

  • Understanding of the Fort Worth social and philanthropic communities helpful, but not required

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software strongly encouraged

  • Warm, outgoing interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a range of staff, volunteers, prospective donors and the general public required

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude and proactive work ethic

  • Ability to work in a collegial, respectful work environment mandatory

  • Proven ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor giving information

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the willingness and capability to personally manage administrative details as needed

Human Resources Manager
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
fax: 817-255-9354


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